God’s plan will succeed

“Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan” (Ephesians 1:11, NLT).

It’s amazing how much controversy can come out of five little words, but that’s what has happened with the phrase, “he chose us in advance.” I’m not going to get into it here, except to quote author Donald Fairbairn in Life in the Trinity, page 197: “I suggest that it is inappropriate to think in sequential terms about concepts that do not pertain to time.” He suggests “relating predestination, foreknowledge and free human actions to one another” is not a simple black and white issue, rather part of “God’s eternal decision to honor his own relationship with his beloved Son and his Spirit by bringing people into that relationship” (page 198).

As with other deep things of God, we don’t know the details and should probably stay away from dogmatic statements, but there is one thing we do know: his plan will succeed. The great I AM, who created the heavens and the earth and breathed his Spirit into us who are made in his image, will not fail in his grand design of redemption for humankind. He has already made it happen in Christ and nothing will prevent, thwart or frustrate what he has accomplished in his beloved Son.

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

3 thoughts on “God’s plan will succeed”

  1. This was so eloquently stated that it felt, boxed, gift wrapped and tied with a bow.

    Thanks for continuing to combine scripture, not only with day to day human events and experiences, but also with sound, relatable resources.


  2. Hi Tammy! Thanks so much!

    Yes, God’s Plan will succeed. With faith, we understand His Plan has already succeeded. These verses in Ephesians are interesting and revelatory because they go beyond the limitations of the physical realm (Please read the whole chapter). When we are fully converted into God’s Holy and Spiritual Realm, the Kingdom of God, the “old rules” of physics are superseded by the Spiritual. Time and size are no longer limitations.

    We may wonder why God chose the human race (created in His own image and likeness) to be able to “metamorphose” into the Eternal, Spiritual Realm. But His Plan calls for an outlet for His outgoing Love — and we are the happy and blessed recipients.

    What we have to do is … believe. Believe Jesus Christ is who He said He is (Jn. 6:29). A new commandment He gave us. This is to love one another as He has loved us (Jn. 15:12). The love of God was displayed and exemplified through the physical life of Jesus Christ here upon planet earth two-thousand years ago. Do we believe it? Do we believe Him? Do we love one another according to His commandment?

    We are all His children, learning to believe and learning to love. Whatever our personal progress along His way, (or lack of it) His Plan is already established — and our part in it has our personal option to “seek, ask, knock” … or not.

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